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Bull shark spotted at Sandy Point

Bull shark spotted at Sandy Point

A sighting of a bull shark off Sandy Point State Park Monday prompted a brief closure of one of the swimming areas, but the park's manager said the popular Chesapeake Bay beach returned to "business as usual" on Tuesday after seeing no more of the...

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State funds lead abatement, weatherization help

State funds lead abatement, weatherization help

The state has contracted with a Baltimore-based nonprofit to help low-income families in the suburbs improve the safety and energy efficiency of their homes. Green and Healthy Homes Initiative received a $3.3 million contract from the Maryland...

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Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration

Angling for the benefits of oyster restoration

"Fish on!" called P.J. Klavon, as he reached for a trap hauled from the placid waters of the Tred Avon River. Inside the black metal cage wriggled a single white perch, a safe distance from a blue crab.

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Porous pavement gets another tryout in Maryland

Porous pavement gets another tryout in Maryland

The concrete oozed rather than poured out of the mixer truck, almost as if reluctant to cover the ground — partly because it won't, entirely.

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Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings

Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings

The specialized market for sustainable seafood has gone mainstream. Even Wal-Mart is promoting its environmental credentials in the seafood aisle.

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Obama administration approves seismic testing for oil and gas off Atlantic coast

Obama administration approves seismic testing for oil and gas off Atlantic coast

The Obama administration took a step closer Friday to allowing oil and gas exploration off the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic coasts, drawing praise from the energy industry and criticism from environmentalists.

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Environmental group questions farm pollution reductions

Environmental group questions farm pollution reductions

Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade

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Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

Councilman wants 90% tax break for urban farmers

City Councilman William "Pete" Welch is calling for a large tax break for urban farmers in Baltimore.

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Cove Point protesters arrested in D.C.

Cove Point protesters arrested in D.C.

Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington Monday after they blocked entrances to the federal commission reviewing a proposed natural gas export terminal and liquefaction plant in Southern Maryland.

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Bee conscious of what you plant

Bee conscious of what you plant

As Nathan Reid wandered around his Canton neighborhood, he saw threats everywhere.

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Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

Study raises safety concerns about Cove Point gas facility

A proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County could put nearby residents at "significant risk" if a fire or explosion occurs, according to a British consulting firm hired by opponents of the project to review its hazards.

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Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Maryland's storm-water pollution efforts faulted

Environmental groups have gone to court in an attempt to force state regulators to strengthen orders given to Baltimore City and three of Maryland's largest counties to curtail their storm-water pollution.

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Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

Study aims to shield marine mammals from offshore wind projects

State and federal officials announced Thursday a $2.2 million research effort aimed at preventing harm to whales and other marine mammals from building massive industrial wind turbines off Ocean City.

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Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland's U.S. senators press for water funding

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski toured Baltimore's 99-year-old Montebello water treatment plant Monday to draw attention to the needs of municipalities nationwide for federal help to upgrade their aging infrastructure.

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Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Historic London Town and Gardens keeps on growing and going

Rod Cofield has the building. Now he needs the tools.

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Md. offshore wind auction set

Md. offshore wind auction set

Continuing the Obama administration's effort to launch a U.S. offshore wind energy industry, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will auction off the rights next month to build huge turbines off Maryland's coast.

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Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees

Angry Rodgers Forge residents are rallying around nine 100- to 250-year-old trees that could be cut down during expansion of Dumbarton Middle School. Neighbors gathered with signs in support of the trees June 27 despite assurances the day before that the trees will be spared.

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Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea has expanded the solar energy system at its Perryville distribution center, making it by far the largest rooftop array in the state.

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Urban-gardening safety tips

Urban-gardening safety tips

Each spring, potted herbs and vegetables dot the fire escape of Steve Kelly's home in Mount Vernon.

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Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Pre-release inmates join state effort to repopulate oysters at Glebe Bay

Clifton Wilson, an inmate at the state's Eastern Pre-Release Unit, spent last week in the great outdoors, relocating oysters from cages on private piers near Thomas Point on the Chesapeake Bay to a sanctuary in nearby Glebe Bay.

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Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll settles pollution case with EPA

Carroll County has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty after a federally led inspection found the county had failed to properly protect its streams and waterways from polluted stormwater runoff.

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EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

EPA finds progress, shortfalls in Bay cleanup effort

While Maryland and most other Chesapeake Bay states are making decent progress in reducing pollution fouling the estuary, Pennsylvania is "substantially off track" and will receive additional federal help and backup action if necessary, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday.

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Slightly bigger Chesapeake 'dead zone' seen this summer

Slightly bigger Chesapeake 'dead zone' seen this summer

Scientists are predicting that the Chesapeake Bay's oxygen-starved "dead zone" will be slightly larger than average this summer.

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Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Pesticides found in 'bee-friendly' garden-store plants

Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network.

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Carroll's Venturing Crew 202 captures Maryland Envirothon

Carroll's Venturing Crew 202 captures Maryland Envirothon

A five-member team of students from Carroll County's Venturing Crew 202 won the 24th annual Maryland Envirothon — an outdoor natural resources competition that challenges students to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve other complex natural resource issues.

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Construction of Fairfield power plant ordered halted over air quality permit violation

Construction of Fairfield power plant ordered halted over air quality permit violation

The owner of a planned power plant in Fairfield faces millions of dollars in fines and has been ordered to halt construction because company officials didn't buy enough emissions credits to offset air pollution the facility is expected to emit, according to state officials.

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High flows on Gunpowder stir debate

High flows on Gunpowder stir debate

Tucked amid the woods of northern Baltimore County is one of Maryland's natural gems — the Big Gunpowder Falls, a nationally renowned trout stream that draws anglers from far and wide to try their skills and luck in the cold, rushing water.

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'Ecodistricts' discussed for new Baltimore developments

'Ecodistricts' discussed for new Baltimore developments

It's hard to see a benefit in a high-profile redevelopment project being delayed four years, but Caroline Moore has found one.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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